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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new study suggests that woodland salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle.  Tiny but abundant, on an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. Their prey consists almost entirely of shredding...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The value of trees – which comes in terms of natural heating and cooling, particulate matter removal, carbon storage, mood-boosting, crime stopping, and more – isn’t always accounted for in public and private planning activities in cities as they budget to plant and maintain urban canopies.  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Urban gardening can be a great way to gain access to fresh food and time outdoors, and our urban forests massively benefit our communities, but gardeners should be wary of potential toxic metals and chemicals in the soil. According to a recent study, urban gardeners aren’t prone to inspecting the soil they’re planting in...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hypothesizes that we can use the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark tress to replace street lights. After learning about biomimicry, a method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues, he began working with the...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Shubhendu Sharma, a young industrial engineer who formerly worked for Toyota, was inspired by the production-line efficiency.  Inspired by the staggering statistic that we lose about 36 football-field’s worth of forest in any minute, he founded Afforestt with the idea that forests can be produced just as efficiently. He...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future may require that some tree species move into new areas to adapt to these new conditions.  Those unable to adapt or move quickly enough may succumb to climate change:  researchers with the U.S. Forest Service Eastern...
Monday, March 17, 2014
“Fingerprinting trees” may seem time-intensive and futuristic, but in an attempt to promote sustainable forestry in Indonesia, the largest producer of tropical timber, a project led by the University of Adelaide plans to do just that. By developing DNA markers for important timber species, certain trees will be able to be...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
New research by the North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest center shows the importance of a forest-based economy: in the four-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, forest-based economic activity accounts for over $33 billion annually as well as 178,000 jobs. "These reports show...
Friday, March 7, 2014
Mountain pine beetles have destroyed millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West.  The marred wood left behind is difficult to clear, creating safety risks such as fire hazards.  However, designers in Colorado and Montana are finding new ways to use this excess pine. Once considered waste, “blue-stain pine” is...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Researchers in Madison have created a spongelike aerogel that has the potential to quickly and efficiently absorb oil.  “The idea is that you could throw this aerogel sheet in the water and it would start to absorb the oil” said Shaoqin Gong, who runs a bio-technology-nanotechnology lab at the Wisconsin Institute for...

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